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From our Board Chair...

After serving on the board for three years, I am excited and proud to take the board chair position and carry on the important work of Faith’s Lodge. As a bereaved parent and past guest of Faith's Lodge, I know first-hand the impact we have on families. As my first order of business, I offer a heartfelt thanks to our generous donors.  Thanks to you, Faith’s Lodge netted over $35,000 during our year-end Hope Heals Giving Campaign. We are off to a great start for 2015 and look forward to putting your dollars to work serving families. 

Dan Lenmark
Board Chair
 


Lodge Life 

The new year has started out strong!  The winter has been packed with programming and several private groups including family reunions, staff retreats and the return of mother's writing groups. We are her to serve the families that need us.  Click here to see our programming schedule.  

Your Contributions at Work...

As we embark on a new year, we are introducing two new therapeutic activities for parents and families at Faith's Lodge: "love lights" and sibling memory boxes. The new craft of "love lights" allow parents to paint a glass jar to celebrate the memory of their child.  A light is placed in the jar to illuminate the art and offer parents a unique and handmade tribute that they can take home.  The sibling memory boxes allow children to decorate boxes with images and colors that remind them of their lost sibling.  They take the box home and keep it to contain precious reminders and priceless memories.



Mark your Calendar:


Your favorite 5k, Hope Walks & Rolls, is back!  Saturday, May 16th at Freedom Field in Maple Grove, MN.  This is a family-friendly event featuring children's activities and fun for all.  Adults are $25.  Children are FREE.  Click here to register.  Also, be a team captain and start a fundraising page here.  



Dust off your sticks and get out to Deer Run Golf Club on Friday, May 22nd for Swing for Sophia.  Once again, the event features lunch, golf, dinner, silent auction and post-play entertainment.   New this year:  early bird ticket pricing through April 15th.  Reserve your spot before the price goes up!  Click here for info. 


We love being friends of Noah's!  They are at it again in TWO states.  Click here to learn more about Noah's Memorial Golf Classic in both Minnesota and Connecticut.  Proceeds from both events benefit SIDS research, Children's Hospitals and Faith's Lodge. Click here to register or volunteer.

Board Growth
In the past months, we've added eight new members to our Board or Directors.  The addition of the following people brings our board to a robust 13 members.
  • Sara Bingham   Minneapolis Schools
  • Andy Fazendin   Fazendin Realty
  • Katina Gougeon
  • Tenner Guillaume   Gillette Children’s 
  • Melissa Held   Northwestern Mutual
  • Meghan Kratz  Boulay, PLLP
  • Steve Lebens   Lebens Advisory Grp
  • Brad Sutton   Deloitte Consulting
We welcome these volunteers, as well as our new Board Chair, Dan Lenmark. Also, we thank our previous Board Chair Jadin Bragg, who will continue his service in the roll of Vice Chair.  Our work would not be possible without the selfless contributions of time and talent from our board over the years.  We thank ALL those who have served in the past. 
 

Thoughts from a parent:

No, You Don't Have to 'Move On.'  

It's okay to grieve forever

click here for full article
 
 


 

Getting Grief        "Right"

Read here for a recent story on finding your way through grief from the perspective of a grieving father who is a therapist.

"When I suggested a support group, Mary rejected the idea.  But I insisted.  She later described the relief she felt in the presence of other bereaved parents, in a place where no acting was required.  It was a place where people understood that they didn't really want to achieve closure after all. To do so would be to lost a piece of a sacred bond" 
 








 
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